Chelsea outcast Demba Ba could be staying at Stamford Bridge, with reports suggesting that the striker is set to snub a move back to one of his former clubs.
According to the Daily Express, West Ham United - currently sitting just above the dreaded Premier League relegation zone in 17th - are keen on a move to bring Ba back to East London but the player himself will reportedly reject the chance of a return.
28-year-old Ba arrived at Stamford Bridge from Newcastle in January, yet has totally failed to impose himself as a first-team regular at Chelsea.
After scoring three goals in 11 games last season after being brought to the capital by the hugely unpopular figure of former interim manager Rafael Benitez, the Senegalese international - reportedly rated at around £7 million - has rarely been given the chance to showcase his talents under returning boss Jose Mourinho.
The former Hoffenheim star - whose first spell at West Ham came in 2011 - has started just twice in the top-flight under the Portuguese, making a further five cameos from the substitute's bench.
In those games, Ba has netted on just one occasion and has been widely tipped to depart Chelsea this winter as Mourinho seeks to remedy an ailing striking unit which has also seen fellow forwards Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o struggle in front of goal.